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What will I learn?

At the intersection of biology, mathematics and computer science sits computational biology.

This unique discipline requires a unique qualification, and the Master of Computational Biology, the first of its kind in Australia, builds specialist skills in bioinformatics, systems biology, and biological and ecological modelling.

You'll also develop complementary skills in business, communications and general scientific acumen.

In demand globally

Computational biology is a growing, in-demand discipline, and jobs requiring these skills are constantly emerging and evolving.

We are already using computational biology to track and control the outbreak of disease, to improve our environmental practices and manage animal populations, and to understand the role of genomes in defining our appearance.

Imagine what we'll be doing next.

A course tailored for you

You'll take a customised first year based on your academic background, followed by a combination of core, elective and project subjects to suit your interests during your second and third years.

If you already have a background in computational biology, you can gain up to 1 year of advanced standing towards your Master of Computational Biology.

The Master of Computational Biology is a 300-point course, made up of:

  • Foundation and prerequisite studies (up to 100 points depending on your background)
  • Core subjects (50 points)
  • Project subjects (25–75 points)
  • Discipline subjects (50–100 points)
  • Professional skills subjects (25–50 points).

Career outcomes

Our graduates go on to work as bioinformaticians, computational biologists, academic researchers (in biology, applied mathematics and computational science), data scientists, business analysts, public health consultants and software engineers.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$46,272.00 (25,45,215) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $145,872
Start date

Expected January, February 2023


The University of Melbourne

Parkville Campus,

Grattan Street,



3010, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

To be considered for entry, you must have completed:

An undergraduate degree with a major in a relevant discipline (biology, biomedicine, computational biology, computer science, mathematics and statistics or physics), with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65 per cent.

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);

TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

Application closing dates: 31 October

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.